General Information 2
Western Museums Association actively seeks to incorporate environmental
tainability and green practices in its operations, programming and activities. With this
ative, we hope inspire our members to institute similar methods in their own
member this year we’re rewarding you for bringing your own bag; come to the
stration desk and show your old bag to be entered into a drawing for a Complete
gistration Package for the 2009 Annual Meeting in San Diego, California, Sunday
ober 25 - Thursday October 29, 2009.
cycle - Making it easy! In the conference registration area you will find boxes for you to
rn your plastic name-badge holder. We appreciate your efforts to help us minimize the
duction and presence of plastic in our environment.
Museums Define the Future
come to Anchorage, Alaska -- a land without limits. The largest and most rugged of our states, Alaska is known fo
vast wilderness landscape. The people who make the state their home have attitudes as unconstrained as their
ironment. As diverse as the population of Alaska is, its residents have one thing in common: a spirit of individualis
bends or breaks the rules that the rest of the country lives by. "We don't care how everyone else does it -- we'll d
way," is an often-heard refrain. We can learn a great deal from Alaska. As open minded as we would like to believ
are, we museum professionals often surround ourselves with artificial rules and limits that stifle the potential and
sibilities of our institutions. What rules have we imposed on our collections and exhibits? What regulates our
itutional mission? What limits are there on our very definition of what a museum is? In an ever changing society,
seums must undergo evolution to remain relevant. But change is often stifled by the artificial limitations of our
with great pleasure that we welcome you to the joint conference of the Western Museums Association and
seums Alaska. When we last met in Anchorage, in 1998, we had an exciting visit, a landmark gathering during whi
learned much from each other. Change has been constant in the intervening decade. We have many new museu
hare with you and many new members of both organizations with whom to network. Both of us, as new directors,
o looking forward to meeting each of you in person.
hope that you have planned to partake of some of the unique adventures and sightseeing before or after the
etings. Several of you are taking advantage of the interesting and exciting things to do for significant others and
ilies before, during, and after the meetings. We hope that you enjoy your time in Anchorage and go home having
John Lewis, Executive DIrector Elida Zelaya, Interim Executive Director
Museums Alaska Western Museums Association
PROGRAM COMMITTEE CO-CHAIRS
ona Jonaitis Kurt Zwolfer
cutive Director, Retired Education Specialist
versity of Alaska Museum of the North Idaho State Historical Society
HOST COMMITTEE CO-CHAIRS
W olf Norm Legasse
seumomentum Executive Director
Alaska Aviation Heritage Museu
WESTERN MUSEUMS ASSOCIATION STAFF
Publication and Media Manager
The following individuals have been instrumental in the planning, development and support of this
onference. Thank you to all for the generous gifts of time and resources toward our 2008 annual meetin
PROGRAM COMMITTEE HOST COMMITTEE
dona Jonaitis, Co-Chair Alexandra Harris, Publications Pat Wolf, Co-Chair
cutive Director, Retired, Editor, Smithsonian Institution Museumomentum
versity of Alaska Museum of the National Museum of the American
th Indian Norm Lagasse, Co-Chair
Executive Director, Alaska Aviation
rt Zwolfer, Co-Chair Steve Henricksen Heritage Museum
ucation Specialist, Idaho State Curator of Collections, Alaska State
torical Society Museum Adam Baldwin, Visitor Services
Manager, Anchorage Museum at
dmond Barnett, Head of Exhibits, Elaine Hughes, Collections Manager, Rasmuson Center
shington State Historical Society Museum of Northern Arizona
Artemis Bona Dea, Museum
salind Bedell, Human Resources James Kern, Executive Director, Curator/Manager, Alaska Heritage
olunteer Manager, Nevada Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum Museum at Wells Fargo
seum of Art
Angela Linn, Ethnology Collections Eleanor Haddin, Assistant Curator
Brennan, Director of Facilities, Manager, University of Alaska Collections and Exhibits, Alaska
n Francisco Museum of Modem Museum of the North Native Heritage Center
Wendy Meluch, Evaluation Marilyn Knapp, Chief Curator/Histo
ta Brunschwyler, Vice President Consultant, Visitor Studies Services Research Curator, Anchorage
dience Development, High Desert
Museum at Rasmuson Center
ure Museum Mike Nelson, Executive Director,
Anasazi State Park Museum Aaron Leggett, Dena'ina Cultural
anie Fales, Deputy Director, Historian, Alaska Native Heritage
se Art Museum Ed Prohaska, Chief Financial Officer, Center
Monterey Bay Aquarium
m Frye, Chief Curator Emeritus, Donna Matthews, Anchorage
kland Museum Irene Rodriguez, Associate Director Museum
of Education, Palm Springs Art
ma Gurba Director/Curator, City Museum Dave Morgan, Curator, Alaska
ancaster Museum/Art Gallery Aviation Heritage Museum
Yvonne Sharpe, Operations
Manager, Craigdarroch Castle Suzi Jones, Deputy Director,
Programs, Anchorage Museum at
WMA BOARD OF DIRECTORS Rasmuson Center
David Porter, President Monica Shah, Conservator,
William Harris, Vice President, Membership Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson
Greta Brunschwyler, Vice President, Annual Meeting Center
Yvonne Sharpe, Secretary
Julie Stein, Finance/Development STAFF
Stacy Lieberman, Communications Chair
Bruce Eldredge, Governance Chair Elida Zelaya, Interim Executive
Sarah Kennington, Awards/Publications Chair Director, Western Museums
Lisa Anderson Cheryl Hinton Association
Midge Bowman Aldona Jonaitis
Joe Brennan Roger Lidman Valerie Huaco, Media and
Ted Greenberg Mike Nelson Publications Manager, Western
Michael Hammond Jody Ochoa Museums Association
John Lewis, Executive Director,
cial thanks to Melissa Rosengard for her continuing support.
Thank you Bronze Sponsors
Western Center for the Conservation of Fine Art
Museums Alaska thanks Wells Fargo and ConocoPhillips for their support
A REGISTRATION DESK
egates should pick up their badges and final program at the registration desk located outside the Alaska Ballroom. Registration
n during the following hours beginning September 17: Wednesday 11:30 am - 5:00 pm; Thursday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm; Friday 8:
0; Saturday 8:30 - 11:00 am.
HIBIT HALL: The exhibit hall is located in the Alaska/Denali rooms. Opening Reception, Wednesday 4:45 pm - 6:00 pm; Thursd
5 am - 12:15 pm/1:45 pm - 4:30 pm; Friday 10:00 am - 2:30 pm (Closing Reception and Silent Auction, Friday 1:00 pm -2:30 p
ets for evening events and meals will be given to you with your badge. When you receive your program and badge, please che
r tickets. There are no refunds on events. To sell a ticket to another delegate, come to the registration desk for an individual loo
ges must be worn for admission to all conference events including sessions, the exhibit hall, meals, and evening events. We
reciate your understanding that our volunteers are trained to deny access to any delegate not wearing a badge. Conference
ges are not transferable.
SSION ROOM LOCATIONS
oor plan is included in all registration bags. The final program lists the room assigned to each session and event. Registration is
Alaska Ballroom foyer; the Alaska Ballroom will hold the Exhibit Hall (Alaska/Denali Rooms) an dthe General Session (Aleutian
RFUMES / CELL PHONES
phones must be on silent during presentations. Please refrain from wearing strongly scented products to meetings for the com
egates may drop off donations for the silent auction at the registration desk. Bidding on silent auction items closes at 2:15 pm o
ay at the Exhibit Hall Closing Reception.
egates may post messages, job opportunities and exchange tickets on a message board located in the Exhibit Hall. There is no
rge for this service, however we ask that you be mindful of the limitations on space to accommodate all posters. Commercial a
not allowed on the board, nor is material of a commercial nature on tables unless arranged in advance with the WMA.
sions identified by 101 are particularly relevant to new professionals and museum staff who need basic training, or those who
h to refresh their skills.
NCELLATIONS AND REFUNDS
r September 1, WMA guarantees events with payments to vendors, and for this reason, no refunds will be given for any reason
cancellations received by the WMA office after September 1. WMA is not responsible for notifications sent and not received.
Wednesday September 1
ANNUAL MEETING REGISTRATION OP
Hilton Anchorage, Alaska Ballroom fo
11:30 am - 5:00
-registration required. An additional surcharge of $50 will be charged to preconference workshop attendees not registered for th
1 Do It Your Way - In-House Exhibit Development and Renovation
onsored by the National Association for Museum Exhibition
0 am - 4:00 pm; Opportunity to lunch as a group. Location: Anchorage Museum
eloping/renovating exhibits seems to require limitless talent and funding, but many projects can be done well with in-house staf
resources. And it can be fun! Workshop participants will use real exhibits at the Anchorage Museum to engage in minds-on,
ds-on activities that address every aspect of exhibit development: envisioning new exhibits, addressing interpretation, managin
project, fielding community input, incorporating evaluation techniques, designing, and fabricating. Join us for an engaging day i
utiful institution where you can get the tools you need to do it your way! Moderator: Wendy Meluch, Evaluation Consultant, Visi
dies Services; Presenters: Marilyn Knapp, Curator of History, Anchorage Museum; Alice Parman, Museum Consultant/Organiza
ch; Megg Sohn, Megg Sohn Designs.
2 Demystifying Accreditation
nsored by American Association of Museums and Alaska State Museums
0 am - 4:00 pm; Lunch break, lunch not provided. Location: Anchorage Hilton, King Salmon Room, 2nd floor
ccreditation is a goal for your museum, this workshop will take you one step closer. Through presentations and hands-on exerc
will learn effective approaches for each step in the process, from preparation through the final decision, with an emphasis on t
-Study; the accreditation standards in plain English and how they apply to your museum; and, how museums of all sizes and
ans can pursue accreditation. Moderator: Julie C. Hart, Assistant Director, Accreditation, American Association of Museums;
abeth Merritt, Director, Museum Advancement & Excellence, American Association of Museums; Scott A. Carrlee, Curator of
eum Services, Alaska State Museum; Angela J. Linn, Ethnology Collections Manager, University of Alaska Museum of the Nort
ther Beggs, Executive Director, Pratt Museum.
3 Fundraising for Conservation Projects
0 am - 4:00 pm; Lunch provided. Location: Anchorage Hilton, Dillingham Room, 2nd floor
icipants will learn how to select and make the best arguments for funds to implement an institution’s conservation project. They
also learn how to research funding sources, approach foundations and government agencies, and fulfill grant-maker requireme
expectations. The basic elements of a successful proposal will be presented in detail, with case studies of successfully funded
ects. A limited number of individual consultations will be available free of charge during the afternoon for registered workshop
cipants. Moderator: Maria McWilliams, R.C.W.R. Alaska State Representative/Registrar, Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson
4 Working Group Meeting for State Museum Associations
0 am - 4:00 pm; Lunch on your own. Location: Anchorage Hilton, Katmai Room, 2nd floor
registrations required. Open to state museum association representatives. Don’t miss this opportunity to discuss current issues
t projects and services that you provide for your members, and to plan for the future year. Facilitator: MJ Koreiva, Board of
ctors & Marketing Committee, Oregon Museums Association
1 Portage Excursion
0 pm - 5:00 pm; Motorcoaches depart from the 3rd Street entrance to the Hilton Anchorage.
e a ride down the Seward Highway along scenic Turnagain Arm with a final destination of the Begich-Boggs Visitor Center loca
he West end of Portage Lake. Surrounded by the Chugach National Forest, America's second largest national forest, you have
ess to six different hikes and opportunities for viewing majestic mountains, embedded glaciers and Alaskan wildlife.
2 Eagle River Nature Center
0 pm - 5:00 pm; Motorcoaches depart from the 3rd Street entrance to the Hilton Anchorage.
hort 45 minute bus ride delivers you to the Eagle River Nature Center, gateway to the Chugach State Park. Join one of the
ter's naturalists to see a bit of wild Alaska as s/he leads you on the handicap accessible trail through the birch forest to the Eag
er viewing platform. The mountain views are spectacular and September is a prime time to see spawning salmon.
3 The Native Village of Eklutna
0 pm - 5:00 pm; Motorcoaches depart from the 3rd Street entrance to the Hilton Anchorage.
ated 26 miles from downtown Anchorage, the Native Village of Eklutna is home to the oldest building in Anchorage, the Eklutna
rch. The church and cemetery at Eklutna date to the late 19th Century. The inhabits of the Native Village of Eklutna are part of
a'ina Athabascan tribe that have occupied Cook Inlet for well over a thousand years. Prior to the Dena'ina adopting Russian
odoxy, they cremated their dead. Under the growing influence of church law, villagers started to bury the dead and erect "spirit
ses" over the graves. These "spirit houses" were painted according to a person's matrilineal clan. In addition, a person’s prized
sessions were put in the spirit house to provide comfort for the journey to the afterlife. Join Aaron Leggett, a member of the Na
ge of Eklutna and local historian, as he explains the significance of Dena'ina places throughout the Anchorage Bowl, gives a
ed tour of the cemetery, and explains the true meaning of these spirit houses and the recent efforts that are underway to give
overdue recognition to Anchorage's indigenous inhabitants.
EXHIBIT HALL OPENING RECEPTION
5 pm - 6:00 pm Alaska/Denali Rooms.
n to all registered delegates; included in basic registration. Begin your Anchorage networking! Meet corporate partners and
nsors and your colleagues over hosted hors d'oeuvres and beverages.
EE1 AVIATION HERITAGE MUSEUM WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm Motorcoaches depart from the 3rd Street entrance to the H
Anchorage. The evening includes buffet meal and a drink ticket; cash bar also availa
Swing to the sounds of the Big Bands and into the past as Alaska celebrates the 6
o courtesy Aviation Heritage Museum
Anniversary of the end of the WWII Aleutian Campaign. Enjoy some Alaskan BBQ f
the Sourdough Mining Company while you're surrounded by vintage aircraft and pe
vehicles to get you “In The Mood” for the combined Western Museums Association and Museums Alaska Conference. Spend so
time networking with your fellow attendees as you take a “Sentimental Journey” through the Alaska Bush Pilot and Aircraft exh
nd enjoy the new Alaska Military Aviation Expeditions and Aleutian Campaign exhibits at the Aviation Museum. If artifact restora
s you flavor the aircraft restoration facility will be open for ogling the latest restoration projects and chatting with the volunteers.
those that enjoy watching floatplane activities you can picnic along the South shore of Lake Hood and enjoy what the bus
seaplane port in the world has to o
Thursday September 18
ANNUAL MEETING REGISTRATION OP
Hilton Anchorage, Alaska Ballroom fo
8:30 am - 5:00
EXHIBIT HALL OP
10:15 am - 12:15 p
1:45 pm - 4:30
OPENING GENERAL SESSION
0 am - 10:30 am; Aleutian Room
nual Meeting Welcome - David Porter, President, Board of Directors, Western Museums Association and Executive Directo
ckamas Heritage Partners.
chorage Welcome - Pat Wolf, Museumomentum, and Norm Lagasse, Executive Director, Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum,
t Committee Co-Chairs
est Speaker Carl R. Nold, Chair, American Association of Museums Board, and President, Society for the Preservation of Ne
ards - Bruce Eldridge, Executive Director, Buffalo Bill Historical Center, WMA Board member, will present the following awards
e Charles Redd Center Western Museums Association Award for Exhibition Excellence: The Agua Caliente
tural Museum Cahuilla Cowboys - Making Our Marks. Accepting the award: Dawn
man, Assistant Curator, and Michael Hammond, Executive Director.
ector’s Chair Award - Sarah Kennington, Registrar, Fowler Museum at UCLA. Sarah
nington served as the chief registrar for the Fowler Museum at UCLA from 1982 - 2008.
essional service has included positions on the executive boards of the Western Museums
ociation, the California Association of Museums, ArtTable, and the Registrars Committee –
stern Region; as well as the Advisory Committee of the Museum Loan Network and
sultations with the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, the County Museum of
ural History, Los Angeles, and the California Association of Museums.
Keynote Speaker - James Pepper Henry is a member of
the Kaw Nation of Oklahoma and Muscogee Creek Nation.
He is the director and CEO of the Anchorage Museum at
Rasmuson Center, and CEO of the Anchorage Museums Association. He was previously
Associate Director for Community and Constituent Services at the Smithsonian's National
Museum of the American Indian.
Pepper Henry has been active in Native American repatriation efforts for the Kaw Nation as
director of the tribe's Kanza Museum, tribal Historic Preservation Officer, and as the former
Repatriation Program Manager for the National Museum of the American Indian. He has worke
to promote Native American art, culture, and heritage as curator at the Institute of Alaska Nativ
Arts in Fairbanks, Alaska, Interstate Fire House Cultural Center in Portland, Oregon, and as
interim curator of American Indian Art at the Portland Art Museum.
EXHIBIT HALL BREAK
30 am - 11:15 am; Alaska/Denali Rooms
ase come to the exhibit hall to continue discussions with our corporate members, view auction items (or to plan your bidding
tegy!), chill with your colleagues, and partake of light refreshments.
MA 101: An Introduction for Conference Newcomers
30 am - 11:00 am; Aleutian Room
the WMA staff, board members and other delegates to learn about ways to participate in WMA, such as proposing a topic
sion for next year, writing an article for the newsletter, and making the most of all the ways to network! Chair: Erin Black,Curato
tas County Museum, WA.
15 am - 12:45 pm
Alternative Spaces for Programs and Marketing in Second Life and Other Virtual Worlds
Dillingham Room, 2nd Floor
session is an introduction to virtual worlds like Google's Lively, Active Worlds, and Second Life (SL) that together boast million
nline users. These serious and playful spaces attract a highly diverse, international demographic including artists, programmers
ple with disabilities, educators, builders, and others. The library and university fields are far ahead of museums in taking
antage of this technology for serious educational and marketing applications. Using SL as a primary example, this session is an
oration of a few creative museum and heritage sites and the opportunities therein to expand boundaries outside a real world
ity. Session participants with SL avatars are encouraged to bring laptops and log on during the session for an "in world"
erience. Moderator: Springs Coronet, Founder, West Museums Rock; Presenters: Patio Plasma, Project Director - Destination
s, Exploratorium; Johnnie Mohr, SL Artist & Architect.
Community Relevance: Museums Reaching New Audiences, Katmai Room, 2nd Floor
h extensive experience in breaking traditional museum boundaries and promoting institutional change, the panel will address an
a discussion on various methods of providing relevant experiences for today's diverse audiences. Discussion topics will includ
or voices on the relevancy of today's museums; models for drawing and retaining new audiences while remaining true to the
tutional mission; and, strategies for working within institutional context towards strategic change as it relates to audience.
erator: Leah Melber, Assistant Professor, Museum Education Consultant, California State University, Los Angeles; Presenters:
an K. Lafferty, Nadine and Robert A. Skotheim Director of Education, The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical
dens; Deland Anderson, Humanities Scholar, The Pratt Museum; Linda Abraham-Silver, President and Executive Director, Grea
es Science Center.
Curating Sacred Objects: Some Thoughts from Alaska King Salmon Room, 2nd Floor
ural centers and museums in Alaska care for Native and Russian Orthodox sacred objects. In keeping with the special nature o
e objects, the institutions, in partnership with tribes and spiritual leaders, have developed innovative procedures governing
age and handling, display, and ceremonial access. This presentation will highlight examples from Kodiak's Alutiiq Museum, Sitk
onal Historical Park, and the Alaska State Museum in Juneau. Moderator: Steve Henrikson, Curator of Collections, Alaska Stat
eum; Sue Thorsen, Curator, Sitka National Historical Park, National Park Service; Sven D. Haakanson, Jr., Executive Director,
iq Museum and Archaeological Repository.
Research Centers within Museums - Reaching Beyond Traditional Limits Iliamna Room, 2nd
ional and university museums abound in North America. How can they be distinctive and stand out from the crowd? One way i
ate a research center in a specific area related to the museum's discipline thereby bringing national recognition to both the cent
the museum. In this session museums describe the catalyst for such a center, how it has progressed and become known, and
academic and financial implications. Moderator: Rosalind Bedell, Human Resources and Volunteer Manager, Nevada Museum
Presenters: Carolyn Brucken, Deputy Director, Institute for the Study of the American West/ Assistant Curator for Western
men's History, Autry National Center; Christine Conte, Director, Center for Sonoran Desert Studies, Arizona-Sonora Desert
eum; Michael W. Hager, President & CE0, San Diego Natural History Museum.
Making A Good Impression - Measuring Outstanding Customer Service
and Library Services Lupine Room, Lobby Level
standing customer service is critical to a museum's success, giveing it an edge over other tourist attractions or leisure facilities,
compete for the public's time, attention and money. We'll provide you with tools, strategies, and new ideas for successfully
roving customer service - from front-line greeters to the challenge of dealing with antagonistic visitors. Moderator: Norma Gurba
red Director/Curator, City of Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery; Presenters: Katch Bacheller, Executive Director, Alaska Museum o
ural History; Stephanie Weaver, Visitor Experience Consultant, Experienceology.
AFFINITY GROUP LUNCHES
45 pm - 1:55 pm preregistration required
1 Native American Luncheon Spruce Room, Lobby Level
2 Development & Membership, Public Relations & Marketing Luncheon Chart Room, 15th Floor
sentation by Dawn Wellman, 2008 recipient of the WMA /Charles Redd Award for Exhibition Excellence for Cahuilla Cowboys
king Our Marks at The Agua Caliente Cultural Museum
0 pm - 3:30 pm
Mess Around: Come Play! Dillingham Room, 2nd Floor
me play! Artists experiment with images and materials to communicate through their artwork. This hands-on session is an
ortunity for you to place yourself in the role of the artist. Take away an educational and artistic product. No experience necessa
pressure and no judging. If you miss the session, go to the exhibit hall where the materials will be available for your hands-on f
erator: Melanie Fales, Curator of Education, Boise Art Museum; Presenter: Terra Feast, Associate Curator of Education, Boise
Funding Collections Care Into the Future Katmai Room, 2nd Floor
session will demonstrate that fund raising for collections care need not be a drain on an institution's resources; rather it is an
ortunity to attract new support and the interest of donors, funding agencies, and the public. Participants will learn about
necting to Collections, a national initiative launch by the IMLS, hear case studies from peers, and get tips on researching funde
elements of a successful proposal from a seasoned development professional. Moderator: Kara West, Assistant Director for F
vices, Balboa Art Conservation Center; Presenters: Marsha Semmel, Deputy Director for Museums, Institute of Museums and
ary Services; Sandra Narva, Senior Program Officer, Institute of Museums and Library Services; Hal Fischer, Development Offi
boa Art Conservation Center; Katie Oliver, Director, Baranov Museum/Kodiak Historical Society; Kathryn Hurtley, Executive
ctor, Valdez Museum and Historical Archive.
The Performance Management Program: A National Visitor Survey from AASLH King Salm
Room, 2nd Floor
r how twelve museums across Alaska defined their future using the American Association for State and Local History's
ormance Management program. Performance Management helps institutions measure visitor satisfaction and opinions through
onal standardized survey. Speakers will present an overview of the Performance Management program, tips on how to develop
fund a Managed Group in your own state, and fascinating examples from the Alaskan Survey results. Moderator: Scott Carrlee
ator of Museum Services, Alaska State Museums; Presenters: Cherie Cook, Project Director, American Association for State an
al History; Debora Wilcox, Director of Evaluations, Center for Nonprofit Management.
Stronger Together - The Development of a Community Museum Iliamna Room, 2nd Floor
case study will emphasize the strengths and challenges of community partnerships from fundraising to project completion. Th
ris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center in Fairbanks, Alaska incorporated the needs of three partners and the community
ugh an integrated design process. The Tanana Chiefs Conference, Alaska Public Lands Information Center, and the Fairbanks
vention and Visitors Bureau worked together to create a center that is the gateway to interior Alaska, representing the diverse
ple that live there. Moderator: Bianca Message, President, André & Associates Interpretation & Design Ltd.; Presenters: Cindy
umaker, Project Director, Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitor's Center; Charles Bettisworth, Bettisworth North; Dixie Alexande
ural Exhibit Development, Athabascan Designs.
Museums and Blogs, Podcasting, and YouTube: Part 1 The What & Uses Lupine Room, Lobb
r museum is "live" - now what? In this first part of the double session, find out how you can utilize your website more effectively
elists will discuss what type of technology they use and how it enhances their programs. Attendees will gain an understanding
ging, podcasting, YouTube and flicker and how these technologies can tap the potential of the 21st century. Moderator: Irene
ríguez, Associate Director of Education, Palm Springs Art Museum; Presenters: David Porter, Executive Director, Clackamas
tage Partners; Emily Spallina, Education Program Manager, Palm Springs Art Museum; Humberto Kam, Senior Manager of On
mmunications, Monterey Bay Aquarium.
EXHIBIT HALL BREAK
0 pm - 4:00 pm Alaska/Denali Rooms
ream! You scream! We all scream for ice cream! Come to the exhibit hall for cool conversation, visit our vendor booths, and en
0 pm - 5:30 pm
Stories Without Limits: The History of a Small Community Dillingham Room, 2nd Floor
small community, history often resides only in memory and anecdotes. In recording the community history for the first time,
ators and historians attempt to corroborate dates, uncover meaningful events, and unite common experiences. Reluctant oral
ory participants must be convinced that "Your story is the community history." Museum curators and historians discuss
roaches, successes, and missteps in the inaugural recording of a small community's history. Moderator: Samantha Kimpel,
ator, Novato History Museum; Presenters: Cheryl Hinton, Director/Chief Curator, Barona Cultural Center and Museum; Elaine
ers, Director, Ak-Chin Him-Dak EcoMuseum and Archives.
Behind-the-Scenes Tours and Beyond Katmai Room, 2nd Floor
ess to museum collections behind-the-scenes is often limited to major donors, scholars, and fellow museum professionals. This
sion examines innovative approaches which redefine the conventional boundaries between public areas and off-limits collection
age. Participants will learn about benefits reaped by three institutions after expanding access to collections, including increased
ing for collections projects, enhanced public engagement, and opportunities for in-depth programming. Panelists will share
ctical and philosophical issues encountered and candidly discuss what worked and what didn't. Moderator: Angela Linn,
ections Manager, Ethnology & History, University of Alaska Museum of the North; Presenters: Elaine Hughes, Collections
ager, Museum of Northern Arizona; Paul Smutko, Senior Collections Manager, Museum of International Folk Art; Juliet
ckinridge Pool, Aquarium Adventures, Assistant Manager, Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Define Your Future with IMLS Grant Opportunities King Salmon Room, 2nd Floor
session will open with an overview of IMLS grant opportunities. Panelists from the Alaska State Museum and Hoonah Indian
ociation will discuss the application process; the projects for which they have received IMLS funding; and their experiences
ing as IMLS field and panel reviewers. This presentation will appeal to museum professionals and staff in a variety of museum
have responsibility for or are interested in obtaining grants. Ample time will be provided for Q&A. Moderator: Marsha Semmel,
uty Director for Museum Services/Director for Strategic Partnerships, Institute of Museum and Library Services; Presenters: Ma
h Moss, Tribal Curator, Hoonah Indian Association; Roger Lidman, Executive Director, Pueblo Grande Museum.
Listening Session: Your Chance to Shape AAM's Future Iliamna Room, 2nd Floor
ajor part of AAM's role as the national association representing museums of all types and sizes is to benefit the museum field a
le, not just individual museums or just AAM members. Come for updates on AAM’s activities like the new Center for the Future
eum and Museum Advocacy Day and stay to tell us how what AAM can do for you. Helping the field to develop and promulgat
dards, wrestling with current ethics issues, engaging in advocacy regarding funding and policy, and promoting diversity and
ership at all levels are all things that affect every museum in the country. This is your opportunity to give input as we move
ard, particularly on issues that affect museums in the west. Is what we are doing appropriate and effective? Are there needs yo
are unmet that we ought to address? Join us for this moderated discussion, learn what’s new, and help shape AAM's future.
erator: Julie Hart, Senior Director, Museum Standards & Excellence, American Association of Museums; Jill Connors-Joyner,
stant Director, Museum Assessment Program, AAM; Gail Ravnitzky Silberglied, Director of Government Relations, AAM; Carl R
d, Chair of the AAM Board.
Museums and Blogs, Podcasting, and YouTube: Part 2 Create Your Own Script Lupine Room
at are the steps needed upload a podcast on your website? In this very hands-on session, you will "research," script, read, reco
hear your potential podcast. Bring current information and in-house research to use for your podcast. Moderator: Irene N.
ríguez, Association of Education, Palm Springs Art Museum; Presenters: David Porter, Executive Director, Clackamas Heritage
ners; Emily Spallina, Education Program Manager, Palm Springs Art Museum.
2 ANCHORAGE MUSEUM at Rasmuson CENTER THURSDAY 9/18
0 pm - 9:30 pm
orcoaches depart from the 3rd Street entrance to the Hilton Anchorage.
Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center is undergoing a major expansion, adding
grams and 70,000 square feet to the current structure. Despite life in the "construction zone"
Museum continues to offer a full range of exhibits and programs including
ngnaqpiallerput (The Way We Genuinely Live): Masterworks of Yup'ik Science, an exhibition
ch will be spotlighted in the annual Exhibit Critique (Session I1). Yup'ik dancers will perform,
t demonstrations will be held, and members of the Yup'ik steering committee will guide
ors through the exhibition. The Yup'ik science exhibition was in planning for more than five
rs and includes objects from twelve U.S. museums and the Ethnologisches Museum of
in. Curator for the exhibition is Dr. Ann Fienup-Riordan. We will also see the Museum’s
ska History Gallery, the Children's Gallery, the Art of the North Gallery and a special exhibit
uring work by visiting artist Michael Joo of New York City. In addition, the Museum's Library
Archives, which houses 400,000 historic photographs of Alaska and the North will be open.
don't miss the Museum Shop!
Photo courtesy Anchorage Museum at
Friday September 19
ANNUAL MEETING REGISTRATION OP
Hilton Anchorage, Alaska Ballroom fo
8:30 am - 4:30
EXHIBIT HALL OP
10:00 am - 2:30
0 am - 10:30 am
Creating Open-Ended Exhibits + Real World Experiences Dillingham Room, 2nd Floor
ating open-ended exhibits that allow for play and exploration with the real world is always a challenge in our goal-focused
tutions. How can we allow visitors to interact with paint, sand, soapy water, microscopes, and horse saddles in a constructive
? We'll review some innovative projects and talk about how open-ended exploration requires us to relinquish control over our
ors and change our institutions' mindset. What makes this type of exhibit successful and how do we measure it? Moderator:
han Lee, Senior Exhibit Designer, Quatrefoil Associates; Presenters: Devon Hamilton, Senior Scientist, Physics Content
rdinator, Agents of Change Initiative, Ontario Science Centre; Stephanie Lile, Head of Education, Washington State Historical
Limitless Fundraising: Is E-Philanthropy a Tool for Reaching a World-Wide Range of
Donors? Katmai Room, 2nd Floor
al networking and the role of the Internet in museum marketing and outreach is currently the focus of many discussions in the
eum community, but not much has yet been said about the use of the Internet for development and fundraising. What is e-
anthropy and is it a viable fundraising solution for museums that will allow museums access to a larger range of donors, or is it
a pie-in-the-sky idea? Moderator: Allyson Lazar, Principal, Orinda Group, LLC; Presenters: Amanda Fredrickson-Banks,
ependent Museum Professional; James Leventhal, Director of Development & Marketing, Judah L. Magnes Museum; Stephanie
eida, Membership Coordinator, Boise Art Museum.
Successful Design Projects: How to Be an Excellent Exhibit Client King Salmon Room, 2nd
you want to create innovative, forward-looking exhibits that help your institution thrive in the future? One important step lies in
ning how to be an "excellent client." Design professionals in all fields report that one of the secrets to a successful design proje
e client. What makes an excellent client? This panel presents case studies highlighting the exhibit design and fabrication proce
m start to finish, from first spark to first visitor - from the perspective of exhibit designers and fabricators, with the focus on the
ortant role of the exhibit client. Moderator: Redmond Barnett, Head of Exhibits, Washington State Historical Society; Presenters
rles Davis, Partner, EDX: Edquist Davis Exhibits; Susan Fisher, Senior Accounts Director, H. B. Stubbs; David Jensen, Principa
ensen and Associates, Ltd.
Political Forecasting: The Future for Museums Iliamna Room, 2nd Floor
uary 2009 brings the beginning of a new Congress, the inauguration of a new President, and the prospect of a reauthorization
nstitute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Museum professionals have an opportunity to work with lawmakers and a ne
inistration to propose changes to the law that establishes the purpose of IMLS and its programs and activities. In addition to an
ate on plans for reauthorization and other museum-related policy issues at the federal level, panelists will offer practical advice
ut interacting with lawmakers to get your message heard. Moderator: Gail Ravnitzky Silberglied, Director of Government
ations, American Association of Museums, and local elected officials invited.
EXHIBIT HALL BREAK
10:30 am - 11:00 am Alaska/Denali Rooms
00 am - 12:30 pm
New Ways of Being "Museum:" Redefining Boundaries with Libraries and Archives Dillingh
Room, 2nd Floor
ural, economic, demographic, and technological forces of the new millennium challenge deep-seated museum traditions as
haps never before. In order to transform challenges into opportunities, museums throughout North America are examining new
tutional identities and adopting new business models. One such innovation involves the integration of museums, libraries, and
ives. This session explores the viability of such innovation for institutions large and small, public and private, new and old.
erator: Gail Anderson, President, Gail Anderson & Associates; Presenters: Steven L. Olsen, Associate Managing Director, Chu
ory Department, LDS Church; Phyllis Rabineau, Vice President for Interpretation & Education, Chicago History Museum; Paul
erty, CEO, Royal British Columbia Museum.
Volunteers Without Limits - Will or Should Volunteers Do Anything & Everything? Katmai
Room, 2nd Floor
re are always jobs about which volunteers are enthusiastic, but there also are those that nobody wants to do. Conversely, there
jobs that, as staff, we might like to ask volunteers to do to save money and staff time, but cannot. How can we persuade
nteers to do almost anything or, alternatively, insure they are protected or dissuaded from jobs not suited to them? Panelists w
uss their experiences and methods to find volunteers' limits. Moderator: Rosalind Bedell, Human Resources and Volunteer
ctor, Nevada Museum of Art; Presenters: Joyce E. Jensen, Director of Education, Naval Undersea Museum; Paula Rampe,
ager of Volunteer Programs, Asian Art Museum.
Beyond Grass Shacks and Igloos: Infusing Museums with Authentic Native Perspectives
King Salmon Room, 2nd Floor
r Native museum professionals from Hawai'i and Alaska will share their diverse experiences at an astronomy center, natural
ory museum, cultural, and heritage center in developing programs that incorporate indigenous knowledge systems. Panelists w
re their successes and challenges in meeting the needs of local communities and visitors by infusing programs with authentic
ve perspectives that honor the host culture yet also establish meaning for broader audiences. Moderator: Noelle Kahanu, Proje
ager, Bishop Museum; Presenters: Kathy Ahgeak, ECHO Project Manager, North Slope Borough; Ka'iulani Kimura, Associate
ctor, Imiloa Astronomy Center; Eleanor Hadden, Assistant Curator of Collections and Exhibits, Alaska Native Heritage Center.
Security on a Shoestring Iliamna Room, 2nd Floor
urity is an issue that affects all public institutions. Objects, displays, buildings and grounds need protection as do staff and visit
effective security system relies as much upon procedures and policies as it does on an alarm system. During this session,
senters will discuss security issues and effective measures that will help your institution ensure that it is well protected from
dalism and theft. Moderator: Jen McLerran, Director, Assistant Professor, Art History, Northern Arizona University Art Museum;
senters: Wilbur Faulk, Executive Vice-President, Cultural Property Protection Group; Lisa Golisek, Museums Security and Visito
vices Coordinator, Alaska State Museum.
Planned Giving For Everyone Birch/Willow Rooms, Lobby Level
nned giving is the fastest growing form of philanthropy and yet many institutions have not seized their opportunities. Institutions
long-term donors, regardless of gift size, have planned giving prospects. With minimal preparation, museums can establish ba
grams and lay the groundwork for a more sophisticated and active program to follow. This session will cover the establishment
gram, popular vehicles, prospecting techniques, and trends in planned giving. Moderator: Joe Brennan, Director of Facilities, Sa
ncisco Museum of Modern Art; Presenters: Robert Glavin, President, Robert Glavin Inc./Professor, UC San Francisco; Joy Atro
ura, Deputy Director of Advancement, Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center; Glen W. Bobo, Director, Wealth Management
up, The Wilson Agency LLC, Steve Mahoney, Consultant, The Foraker Group.
AFFINITY GROUP LUNCHES
30 pm - 1:45 pm preregistration required
3 Registrars Committee-Western Region Annual Business Meeting & Luncheon Chart Room, 15th Floor
4 Curators, Exhibit Designers, Evaluators, & Educators Luncheon Aspen Room, Lobby Level
sentation by the 2008 recipient of the WMA/ Charles Redd Award for Exhibition Excellence, Dawn Wellman, Assistant Curator,
Agua Caliente Cultural Museum
5 Directors Forum Luncheon Spruce Room, Lobby Level
Topics: Provacateurs seeded in the luncheon will briefly present current events and issues for open discussion.
6 Museums Alaska Annual Business Meeting & Luncheon Fireweed Room, Lobby Level
EXHIBIT HALL CLOSING RECEPTION & SILENT AUCTION
0 pm - 2:30 pm Alaska/Denali Rooms
s is your last chance to chat with our corporate partners! It is also your last chance to record a final bid on those fabulous aucti
ms that caught your eye! Winning bidders must be present to pay for and take away auction items. All proceeds go to the
nda Chin Professional Development Fund.
0 pm - 4:00 pm
Building and Renovation of Museums: Headaches and Blessings Panelists and audience members
openly discuss their successes, challenges, and shared resources for building projects both big and small. Moderator: Marilyn
es, Director, Suquamish Museum; Presenters: Beth Takegawa, Executive Director, Wing Luke Asian Museum; Michael Hammo
cutive Director, Aqua Caliente Cultural Museum; Wanda Chin, Exhibition & Design Director, University of Alaska Museum of the
h; Marilyn Wandry, Elder and Suquamish Foundation Board Member.
Breaking Through the Barrier: Perspectives on Institutional Audience Development Katma
Room, 2nd Floor
eums are searching for ways to attract younger and more diverse audiences; however, expanding visitorship without alienating
e constituents or meeting resistance from within is often easier said than done. How do museums build new audiences - especi
n the efforts of individual staff may not be sufficient to create lasting change? Join a panel of speakers who will discuss their
ence building projects that are making changes on an institutional level. Leave this session with a wider perspective as well as
tegies for breaking through to new visitors. Moderator: Lisa Sasaki, Associate Director, Education, Japanese American Nationa
eum; Presenters: Aimee Chang, Director, Academic & Residency Programs, The Armand Hammer Museum of Art; James
enthal, Director of Development & Marketing, Judah L. Magnes Museum.
Living History, Alaska Style: How the Alaska Native Heritage Center Promotes Experient
Learning King Salmon Room, 2nd Floor
Alaska Native Heritage Center focuses on programs, people, and the physical environment, as do "living history museums" in
er parts of the country, but its program contrasts with established institutions such as Plimouth Plantation in important ways. Ce
ors are similarly enveloped in a "village" setting, but ANHC cultural interpreters maintain their own identities, rooted in both the
sent and past. In addition, seasonal programs engage Alaskans of all ethnicities and extend institutional reach beyond indigeno
ples to appeal to heavy tourist traffic. Moderator: Patricia Partnow, Vice President of Cultural & Educational Services, Alaska
ve Heritage Center; Presenters: Steven Alvarez, Director of Education and Strategic Initiatives, Alaska Native Heritage Center;
rgeois, Director of Public Programs, Alaska Native Heritage Center; Loren Anderson, Cultural Programs Manager, Alaska Nativ
The Well-Designed Visit: Keeping Visitors Comfortable, Happy, and Coming Back Iliamna
Room, 2nd Floor
useum visit should be pleasurable, both inherently and in support of learning - but can become painful without simple elements
h as seating, legible signage, and spaces to recharge and refresh. This panel will examine designs and attitudes that do and do
promote visitor comfort, pleasure, and engagement through the lens of universal design. Universal design is the creation of
ronments usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without adaptation or specialization. Moderator: Steve Tokar,
er/Developer, Steve Tokar Productions; Presenters: Stephanie Weaver, Visitor Experience Consultant; Jon Betthauser, Executiv
ctor, Columbia Memorial Space Center, Downey; Beth Katz, Registered Nurse.
Museums and the Web Birch/Willow Rooms, Lobby Level
mportant means for museums to reach out to real, potential, and cyber visitors is through the web. The web is also a great sou
formation about museum programs and exhibits. As important as this medium is, to use it properly requires skill and knowledg
always found at a museum. This panel will present three different ways museums have used the web to improve and enhance
r activities. Moderator: Kerynn Fisher, University of Alaska Museum of the North; Presenters: Humberto Kam, Senior Manager
ne Communications, Monterey Bay Aquarium; Judy Scotchmoor, Assistant Director, University of California Berkeley, Museum
eontology; Roger Topp, New Media Producer, University of Alaska Museum of the North.
Changing the World, One Partnership at a Time Lupine Room, Lobby Level
eums can play a vital role in addressing critical issues for their communities and the planet, but they cannot do it alone. This
sion provides two case studies of unconventional partnerships that are broadening museums' reach and promoting shared
ronmental goals. One involves an urban natural history museum and a respected publisher; the other a community museum a
ational park. Both offer lessons in how mission-driven collaborators can pool their expertise to vastly increase their audiences,
act, and effectiveness. Moderator: Ellen Ferguson, Community Relations Director, Burke Museum of Natural History and Cultur
senters: Heather Beggs, Director, Pratt Museum; Helen Cherullo, Publisher, The Mountaineers Books; Mary McBurney,
sistence Manager, Lake Clark National Park and Preserve; Erin Younger, Associate Director, Burke Museum.
5 pm - 5:35 pm
Easy Start to Your Own Exhibit Evaluation Group Iliamna Room, 2nd Floor
rn the easy steps to creating your own group for sharing and learning within your museum community. Evaluating exhibits from
rent points of view of a variety of museum professionals consistently improves our methods. One such success in San Diego h
e from a very simple process to engage museum professionals from all levels. You will take away a concise sheet for a plan to
ate your local group so you can bring this valuable tool home. Facilitated by Megg Sohn of San Diego Exhibits & Evaluation
EE3 ALASKA NATIVE HERITAGE CENTER FRIDAY 9/1
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Motorcoaches depart from the 3rd Street entrance to the Hilton Anchorage.
The Alaska Native Heritage Center is a premier cultural center sharing the rich herita
of Alaska's 11 major cultural groups. The Heritage Center, located ten miles from
downtown Anchorage, is situated on 26 wooded acres. More than just a museum dur
the summer months, the heritage center is transformed into a place where guests ge
o courtesy Alaska Native Heritage Center the chance to experience Alaska's Native peoples first hand. During the winter, the
Heritage Center goes out to schools in the community where they educate children
ut the diversity of Alaska's Native peoples. It is also a place where people have the opportunity to work with Alaska Native mas
ts on projects such as skin sewing and ivory carving. Your evening at the center will include an Alaska seafood dinner as well
ance performance by Imamsuat, a multi-generational group of
piaq (Alutiiq) people from the Alaska and Lower Kenai
insulas, Kodiak & Afognak Islands, and Prince William Sound.
will have the opportunity to stroll through the Hall of Cultures
re artifacts represent the 11 groups of Alaska Natives. In
tion, several Alaska Native guides will be on hand to give you
ur around the lake and to six village sites where you can go
de dwellings and learn how each group of Alaska Natives
pted their lifestyle to Alaska's challenging climate. You will also
e the opportunity to explore the Alaska Native Heritage Center
Shop where you can find a wide selection of books relating to
ska and Alaska Natives, as well as authentic Alaska Native art
e by artists from across the state of Alaska.
Saturday September 20
ANNUAL MEETING REGISTRATION OP
Hilton Anchorage, Alaska Ballroom fo
8:30 am - 11:00
0 am - 9:00 am
1 Museums Alaska Board Meeting Lupine Room, Lobby Level
Open only to Museums Alaska Board of Directors and representatives
0 am - 10:30 am
Endowments: Building & Managing While Juggling Everything Else Dillingham Room, 2nd Floo
imer in the basics of endowment management, the perils and pitfalls associated with managing an endowment, and the
plexities of dealing with your trustees, donors and auditors in regard to this important subject. Come explore the complexities o
aging your museum's endowment, with special attention given to endowments under $50 million. How do we go about investin
endowments in a world where there are high investment return expectations, due diligence requirements, and increasingly
plex financial instruments to understand? Is there a way to simplify things? Moderator: Alison Sowden, Vice President for
ancial Affairs, Huntington Library & Art Collections and Botanical Garden; Presenters: Ed Prohaska, CFO and Vice President of
erprise Development, Monterey Bay Aquarium; Tom Woolley, Managing Director, Commonfund.
Borrowing and Lending: How the Revised Standard Facility Report Can Work for Your
Institution Katmai Room, 2nd Floor
y museum staff find the prospect of completing or reviewing the Standard Facility Report to be a daunting task, but it is now a
uirement for most institutional borrowers and lenders. With regard to the 2008 revision, speakers will explain the report’s
ortance, walk you through its changes and additions, highlight what to look for from a borrower and lender's perspective, and o
stic insurance, facility, and environmental recommendations for your institution. Moderator: Christina Kelly Schwartz, Head
istrar, Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service; Jeff Minett, Vice President, Henderson Phillips Fine Arts Insurance;
k Cronenberger, Historical Architect, National Park Service; Holly Young, Pueblo Grande Museum.
Native Definitions: Sustaining Heritage Through IMLS King Salmon Room, 2nd Floor
IMLS Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services program promotes enhanced learning and innovation within tribal
eums and related organizations. This session highlights projects funded by the grant program and shows how tribes have
eloped and implemented exemplary methods of cultural preservation to sustain cultural knowledge. Join tribal representatives a
present details about their projects in the areas of language preservation, public programming, and art. Moderators: Angela J.
er, Curator, Wanapum Heritage Center; Sandra Narva, Senior Program Officer, IMLS; Presenters: Silis-chi-tawn Jackson, Cura
pa Tribal Museum; Mary Beth Moss, Curator, Hoonah Indian Association; Victoria Takamine, Project Director, PA'I Foundation.
Toxic Exhibitions Iliamna Room, 2nd Floor
me art is distinctly unhealthy and threatening. By its material content, inherent nature, or its effect on life and the environment,
e art presents an extraordinary challenge to an institution wanting to display it. This session will address examples of challeng
cessfully overcome in a number of institutions. Examples of this phenomenon include the large lead pieces by Anslem Keiffer,
dier Ants in a state in which they are banned, formaldehyde preserved works of art and whale skulls. Our knowledgeable panel
cribe their solutions to unique challenges curators have placed at their feet. Moderator: Joe Brennan, Director of Facilities, San
ncisco Museum of Modern Art; Presenters: Dean Weldon, President & CEO, Academy Studios; Bob Banghart, Curator of
bitions, Alaska State Museums.
45 am - 12:15 pm
The Way We Genuinely Live - New Experiences in Exhibit-Making Dillingham Room, 2nd Floor
inning in 2003, a team of Yup'ik Eskimo elders and educators worked with anthropologists, scientists, and museum professiona
reate Yuungnaqpiallerput, The Way We Genuinely Live. A unique marriage of art, science and ethnography, this artifact-rich
bition incorporates hands-on science. At its core is the recognition that the Yup'ik way of life - past and present - is grounded in
p spiritual values and in scientific principles. This innovative approach to creating an exhibition evolved in response to the
ressed needs of the people whose science it represents. Our panel will describe this exciting and rewarding exhibit-making
cess. Yuungnaqpiallerput is also the featured exhibit for the Exhibition Critque (session I1). Moderator: Suzi Jones, Deputy Dire
Programs, Anchorage Museum; Presenters: Ann Fienup-Riordan, Exhibition Curator, Calista Elders Council; Marie Meade, Yup
er and Professor, University of Alaska, Anchorage; Alice Rearden, Yup'ik translator and transcriber, Calista Elders Council.
When Disaster Strikes Twice or the Importance of a Disaster Plan Katmai Room, 2nd Floor
ting strikes twice; Southern California's wildfire disasters have challenged museums, zoos, and historical sites twice in four yea
w do disasters change preparedness and staff approaches; what was implemented in California and Alaska? Participants hear a
e study from a California institution and a conservator, and an Alaska conservator and disaster consultant. Learn the basics and
ties of a disaster preparedness plan and actual experiences in prevention, preparation, response, and recovery activities.
erator: Cheryl Hinton, Museum Director/Chief Curator, Barona Cultural Center & Museum; Presenters: Alexandra Harris,
lications Editor, Smithsonian Institution National Museum of the American Indian; Kara West, Assistant Director of
rations/Field Services, Balboa Art Conservation Center, Scott Carrlee, Curator of Museum Services, Alaska State Museum.
Forensic Curation: New Stories from Old Collections King Salmon Room, 2nd Floor
y museums have "mystery objects" of unknown identity or with limited provenance that have great potential for research and
rpretation. Whether motivated by legal proceedings, repatriation requests, outside researchers, or just plain curiosity, museums
employ research methods, new and old, to rescue these objects from obscurity. This session, presented by veteran museum
earchers, will feature a discussion on methods and findings using examples drawn from several ethnographic and historical
ections. Moderator: Steve Henrikson, Curator of Collections, Alaska State Museum; Presenters: R. Eric Hollinger, Case Officer,
atriation Program, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution; Terrence Loychuk, Private Researcher and Tex
ector; Elaine Humphrey, Past President, Microscopy Society of Canada; Chris Dudar, Repatriation Osteology Laboratory Direct
onal Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution; Stephen Ousley, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Anthropology/Archaeolo
Optimizing Your Board Iliamna Room, 2nd Floor
t of us are governed by a board. As nonprofits, we are required to have board governance. For those governed by a municipal
ther political entity, an appointed advisory board or commission fulfills a public accountability role. How do we optimize the
zation of this group of people? Philosophies vary from institution to institution as to what defines a good board. The trend in bes
ctice has been moving toward smaller, more agile boards. Who should you include on your ideal board, especially if it's smaller
ple with content expertise, people with deep pockets, community leaders, or legal council? The panel will look at issues in
essing your current board, developing a prospect list, working out the optimal mix of expertise, and board recruitment. Moderat
ce Eldredge, Executive Director, Buffalo Bill Historical Center; Presenters: Melissa Rosengard, Board Chair, Bently School; Jim
Creight, President, Museum Trustee Association; Donald Luria, Past Board President, Tucson Museum of Art/ Board Member,
eum Trustee Association.
5 pm - 3:15 pm
Exhibit Critique: Challenges When Exhibit-Making Dillingham Room, 2nd Floor
perennially popular session investigates current best practices and choices made in creating exhibitions. This year presenters
mine and critique Yuungnaqpiallerput (The Way We Genuinely Live): Masterworks of Yup'ik Science and Survival at the
horage Museum at Rasmuson Center. Yup'ik elders and educators helped guide its development; the National Science
ndation funded it. Three museum professionals bring their experience to bear in dialogue with the exhibit team and the audienc
erator: Redmond J. Barnett, Head of Exhibits, Washington State Historical Society; Karen K. Kosasa, Director, Museum Studie
duate Certificate Program, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, Department of American Studies; Marilyn Jones, Director, Suquamis
eum; Noel Ratch, Department Head, Curatorial Services, Reynolds-Alberta Museum; Ann Fienup-Riordan, Anthropologist/Exhi
ator, Calista Elders Council and Anchorage Museum; Alice Rearden, Transcriber/Translator, Calista Elders Council; Suzi Jones
uty Director of Programs, Anchorage Museum.
Connecting to the Old with the New Katmai Room, 2nd Floor
005 the Juneau-Douglas City Museum undertook a multi-year endeavor to interpret one of Juneau's most defining and
roversial achievements; establishing Juneau as Alaska's Capital City. The presenters will explore the process that they used to
g life and engagement to civic history. They will discuss the importance of each phase of the project with particular emphasis o
final phase; the collaboration with local middle school students to use digital storytelling and interactive technology to interpret
bit in a dynamic and compelling way. Benefit from hearing about the learning curves encountered and the successes achieved
mall museum undertaking their first interactive exhibit of this type. Moderator: Alysia McLain, Curator of Public Programs, Junea
glas City Museum; Presenter: Jane Lindsey, Director, Juneau-Douglas City Museum.
Consultants Help Define the Future King Salmon Room, 2nd Floor
e future of the museum employee setting up a free lance business? Many people who move to consulting are then returning to
tutions to assist with missions, goals or helping with a specific project. This session will present how the museum professional
es this change and the paths that lead from employment at an institution to independent status, the pros and cons of consultin
the challenges faced by museums and consultants as they work to help each other reach the desired results. Moderator: Ted A
enberg, Museum Consultant, Collection Management and Registration Specialist; Gail Anderson, President, Gail Anderson &
ociates; Cory Gooch, World Class Registrar.
nd honoring our traditional end of Annual Meeting unique
periences, you won t want to miss...
MUSEUM SHUTTLE TOUR
0 pm - 6:00 pm Motorcoaches depart from the 3rd Street entrance to the Hilton Anchorage; they will circulate among the venu
ska's rich culture has generated numerous smaller museums that focus on specific subject areas. This late afternoon tour lets y
some of these special collections. Buses will shuttle between the following locations to transport folks around town to experien
e of the smaller venues that could not host all attendees for an evening event. Around 6:00 pm, the bus shuttle will begin leavi
m the Hilton for the Evening Event (EE4) at the Alaska Heritage Museum.
Imaginarium Alaska's only hands-on Science Discovery Center, the Imaginarium is designed as a place where people can h
earning about science by actually doing science. It resembles a living laboratory, where you can stand inside a bubble, ponder
magnitude of the universe in a planetarium, discover ocean life in a marine touch tank, observe and touch exotic reptiles, or lea
principles of physics while playing with specialized toys.
ska Museum of Natural History The museum's 10,000 holdings include collections of Alaskan anthropological, biological,
ogical, historical, artistic, and educational significance. On permanent display, the 4 Alaskan wildlife dioramas, numerous moun
laskan birds and mammals, and skeletal examples of moose highlight Alaska biological diversity. The museum's geological
erials include minerals, vertebrate and invertebrate fossils and a hadosaur skeleton cast. The anthropological collections includ
acts from specific sites in the state, most notably the "Broken Mammoth" site.
sian Orthodox Museum The Museum features artifacts dating from 18th century Russian America, now Alaska. Among the
cts on display are recently restored processional banners possibly dating to 1794, rare icons believed to have been painted in
a school of iconography in the 1800s, personal objects of St. Innocent (Veniaminov), a kayak frame used by missionaries trave
g the Nushagak River, and beaded priest's vestments designed and sewn by the Tlingit artist, Emma Marks.
ar Anderson House City butcher Oscar Anderson built Anchorage's first permanent frame house in 1915 at a time when
horage was a tent city. In those small-town days, Anderson found success in the meat, coal, and aviation businesses. He died
4, and the house contains many of the family's original belongings, including a working 1909 player piano around which the
cture was built. It is the only house museum in Anchorage.
ska Law Enforcement Museum Also called the Alaska Trooper Museum, the permanent exhibit includes historic Trooper
orms, a restored 1952 Hudson Hornet used as a law enforcement vehicle, and a display about Alaska's first serial killer in the
y 1900's. Antique radios, communications devices, handcuffs and leg irons are just a portion of the display of tools available to
orcement in the early days in Alaska. These artifacts provide a fascinating picture in comparison to today's technology.
4 Alaska Heritage Museum at Wells Fargo SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 2
0 pm - 8:30 pm
orcoaches depart from the 3rd Street entrance to the Hilton Anchorage; buffet meal, & drink
et. Cash bar also available.
mplete your Alaska conference experience and enjoy another opportunity for networking with a
eption at the Alaska Heritage Museum. With over 900 artifacts on display, the Alaska Heritage
eum is one of the largest private collections in the State. Originally assembled by the National
k of Alaska, the collection includes items from several major Alaska Native cultures: St.
rence Yupik, Inupiaq, Athabascan, Alutiiq, Aleut/Unganun, and Tlingit. The artifacts on display
light cultural practices such as hunting and fishing, processing game animals, celebrating
ural activities, and more. The permanent exhibit also includes examples of traditional Native
hing, a full-size Bering Sea kayak, an outstanding collection of paintings by Alaskan artists,
a 46 troy ounce gold nugget.
Courtesy Alaska Heritage Museum
r photos, top to bottom: Dennis Zaki, Alaska-in-Pictures, and Robert Olsen. Inside cover photo ANHC/ Clark Mishler. Back cover: Courtesy, Catamaran Resort Hote
Spa. Page 7 photo of Sarah Kennington: Mimi Haddon, courtesy of the Getty Foundation.